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Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror

Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror

By Muhammadu Buhari* This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was … Read entire article »

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Latest News July 30, 2015

news From All Africa Kenya: Church Told Off Over Polio Vaccine [Nation] The Catholic Church was told on Wednesday to stay away from the polio vaccine debate. Nigeria: Bakassi – No Going Back On ICJ Verdict – Buhari [Leadership] President Muhammadu Buhari declared yesterday in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, that as a law abiding nation, Nigeria would have to live with the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ceded the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. Nigeria: Exclusive – One Year After, Nigerian Billionaires, Govt Yet to Redeem Bomb Victims' Vows [Premium Times] Nigerian billionaires, and federal and state governments, who publicly promised billions of naira in help to victims of Boko Haram bomb attacks, have yet to redeem … Read entire article »

Dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion apologises to patients

By Al Jazeera A United States dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe has written to his patients to apologise for the disruption to services at his Minnesota clinic. Walter James Palmer remained out of the public eye on Wednesday in the face of protests at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified Tuesday as being involved in the lion’s death. In Zimbabwe, a hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court on Wednesday on allegations they helped Palmer kill the lion named Cecil. The men were accused of aiding Palmer, who reportedly paid $50,000 to track … Read entire article »

Does Boko Haram have the upper hand?

By Al Jazeera Relations between Nigeria and Cameroon have been strained for years. Territorial disputes – especially over the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula – have not helped. Now the neighbours are uniting in a desperate fight against Boko Haram fighters and their campaign to impose strict Islamic law. Amnesty International says about 17,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram in the last six years. The United Nations says almost two million people have been forced from their homes. Suicide bomb attacks have risen dramatically recently. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in March, campaigned on a promise to protect the people by defeating Boko Haram. So, why does Boko Haram appear to still have the upper hand? And is Nigeria’s president … Read entire article »

Immigration: How much is too much?

By Al Jazeera In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges Sir Paul Collier, the former head of Development Research at the World Bank, author of Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism, and professor at Oxford University, on the costs and benefits of migration. Collier tells Hasan that he is not “advocating stopping migration” but that “too much diversity” leads to an erosion of cooperation in societies that “shows up in much lower levels of trust”. We explore whether increased migration threatens social cohesion, and ask: Does emigration help or hurt developing countries? Are stricter border controls needed? And what about refugees? Joining the discussion are: David Goodhart, author of the book The British Dream Philippe Legrain, economist and author … Read entire article »

Latest News July 29, 2015

news From All Africa Africa: Newspaper Ownership – Political Influence Trumps the Promise of Profits [The Conversation Africa] The Financial Times, one of the great global journalism institutions, has been sold by the Pearson Group to the Japanese media company Nikkei. Africa: Why Central Banks With Shareholders Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea [The Conversation Africa] The ownership structure of central banks has been the subject of considerable change during the past 80 years. Today most central banks in the world are publicly owned, while this was not the case before World War 2. Yet an eclectic number of central banks with private shareholders still remain. Little has been written about them. Nigeria: Troops Rout Boko Haram in Buratai's … Read entire article »

American hunter kills famous Zimbabwe lion

By Al Jazeera Wildlife officials have accused an American hunter of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two guides. The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by Walter James Palmer, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), told reporters. Will Travers, of the Born Free Foundation, told Al Jazeera that Cecil was first wounded by a bow and arrow but was not killed until 40 hours after he was first wounded. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota who received widespread criticism on social media for killing Cecil, said on Tuesday he had hired several professional guides … Read entire article »

South Africa’s Desmond Tutu readmitted to hospital

By Al Jazeera South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has been hospitalised with a persistent infection just a week after being discharged following treatment for the same ailment, according to his foundation.Tutu was readmitted to a hospital in Cape Town after expressing renewed discomfort, a statement by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said on Tuesday. “His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation,” the statement read. Tutu was first hospitalised for the infection on July 14.The 83-year-old Nobel Peace laureate also continues battling prostate cancer he has lived with for 15 years, but his foundation said the current infection was unrelated. “[Tutu’s] daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, said the … Read entire article »

Kenya tries to tackle youth unemployment

By Al Jazeera Africa has the highest concentration of young people in the world and more than half of the people aged 18-35 have no jobs. In Kenya, 70 percent of the young working class – almost 10 million people – are unemployed. The government is now trying to reduce that rate. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from Machakos in eastern Kenya. Source:: Al Jazeera http://bc05.ajnm.me/665003303001/201407/1627/665003303001_3694060372001_20140724-KENYAJOBS-CSO-05D-24-nostraps.mp4?videoId=3693828761001 The post Kenya tries to tackle youth unemployment appeared first on African Media Agency. Source:: http://amediaagency.com/kenya-tries-to-tackle-youth-unemployment/ … Read entire article »

Nollywood

By Al Jazeera World Filmmaker: Abba Makama Despite having only 14 cinemas in a country of 170 million people, Nigeria’s film industry, dubbed “Nollywood”, churns out as many as 50 films a week, sometimes for as little as $10,000 a piece. Many are released straight to DVD and sold cheaply on the streets. When it comes to sheer volume, the $5bn film industry makes more films than the US and is only rivalled by India, the world’s biggest movie industry. So, how did Nigerian films become so popular? Nollywood tries to answer that question and more with those who know the industry best – Nigeria’s filmmakers, actors and actresses, directors, producers and film critics. All of them come … Read entire article »